WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonians Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
announces One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection, on view April 4 to Sept. 19, 2020. The exhibition debuts the museums new acquisitions by the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, including two of her renowned Infinity Mirrored Rooms. Building on the legacy of the museums 2017 blockbuster survey Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, the forthcoming exhibition cements the enduring art-historical connection between the visionary artist and the Smithsonians national museum of modern art on the National Mall.
The exhibition illuminates Kusamas seven-decade practice in the context of the museums recent acquisitions to the permanent collection, including two of her transcendent Infinity Mirrored Rooms and sculptures, including Pumpkin (2016) and FlowersOvercoat (1964), an early painting and photographs of the artist. The Hirshhorns 2017 survey traveled to five North American art museums, introducing Kusamas spellbinding visions to record audiences. Betsy Johnson, assistant curator at the museum, has organized One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection, which will also consider the broader context of the artists life and practice.
"After a career spanning almost 80 years, Yayoi Kusama is one of the most influential working artists in the world, said Hirshhorn Director Melissa Chiu. Her artwork is inextricably linked with our museums history and mission: to present the most exciting art and artists of our time. This exhibition extends the impact of our 2017 Kusama survey and its blockbuster tour on our curatorial history. Acquiring two physically immersive Infinity Mirrored Roomsher first and one of her most recentpositions the Hirshhorn as a permanent resource for art lovers and scholars to experience and study Kusamas sublime practice.
Among the new additions to the Hirshhorns permanent collection is the artists milestone immersive installation Infinity Mirror RoomPhallis Field (Floor Show) (1965/2017). The exhibition will also introduce one of Kusamas most recent rooms, to be announced in early 2020.
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden welcomed almost 160,000 visitors to Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors between Feb. 23 and May 14, 2017, and a record 475,000 visitors to its building and sculpture garden during the same periodits highest spring visitation since the museums opening in 1974, doubling its attendance that year to 1.2 million. The touring exhibition welcomed more than 800,000 visitors to partner museums across the U.S. and Canada during the next two years. Additional records set by Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors include:
The hashtag #InfiniteKusama reached 93 million Twitter and Instagram accounts, with 355 million impressions during the Hirshhorns exhibition.
Visitors contributed approximately 750,000 dot stickers to The Obliteration Room, gradually transforming the original all-white space into a riot of color (watch the time-lapse video).
Trained guides led more than 10,500 members of school and community groups on exhibition tours, including special American Sign Language tours and touch tours for the visually impaired.
Nearly 100 visitors with mobility constraints were able to use virtual-reality (VR) headsets to experience VR versions of the rooms as part of Hirshhorns commitment to radical accessibility.
Seasonal attendance figures at four of the six museums (including the Hirshhorn) presenting the tour were among the highest in the institutions histories.